Thursday, July 25, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 25

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On Monday, July 29, tap water service will be suspended to the colonias of Aeropuerto, Salina Chica, Ampliación La Gloria, Carretera Perimetral, Fovissste, Bachilleres, Santa Rosa, Salina Grande, Caridad del Cobre, & Lol Beh. Aguakan is replacing a pipeline for the eastern network, which will begin Monday morning and is expected to conclude during the night. After the work is finished, these neighborhoods will experience low pressure while it is gradually regulated to avoid cracks in the lines and for monitoring to ensure optimal operation of the new network.
Residents are advised to conserve water on Monday and to store it in advance where necessary, in order to have a supply until the work is completed. Customers can contact Aguakan at 073 for more information. (This is translated from the official Aguakan FB site)


From the City....

Let's participate to have an Isla Verde (Green). Help us keep everything in order.

The Isla Verde campaigns take place twice a week in various colonias of the island, with participation by City workers for the beautification of the neighborhoods. Areas that have benefited from this campaign include downtown, Amplification La Gloria, Canotal, Guadalupana, and most recently, La GLoria, where curbs were painted & sidewalks and roadsides were swept. During this program, 7 to 9 tons of trash and junk have been collected and removed.

Playa Norte received the distinctive Blue Flag designation for the first time

Playa Norte received the distinctive Blue Flag designation for the first time and Playa Centro was re-certified for the fourth consecutive year. Playa Albatros also received a Blue Flag. This designation is awarded by the European Environmental Education Foundation for beaches and marinas that meet its 33 criteria. These include excellence in environmental management, access, water quality, cleanliness, and safety. "Amphibious chairs" are available for use on North Beach and Playa Centro. There is a crew o 15 people who clean the beaches daily from 5am to 10pm, raking and sifting the sand, removing trash, and taking away any sargasso that arrives.
   At the flag raising ceremony on Wednesday, the Mayor spoke about the islands extraordinary natural riches, that its beaches are always clean, free of sargasso, with security at all times, and most important is the warmth of the people of the island. He noted that various international magazines, such as Travel & Leisure and TripAdvisor are putting the eyes of the world on this Pueblo Magico, which definitely brings direct benefits to islander families.

Free pet sterilization on Thursdays  

TVisla Mujeres    
Fisherman Gerardo A.T, 28,.died of decompression illness on Tuesday after he'd completed a third dive that was over 150 feet deep. He no longer had vital signs when the boat "Marlin" arrived around 5p at the pier of the Patria & Progreso cooperative, and the paramedics were unable to revive him.  He had previously suffered a decompression injury, and continued diving despite recommendations from the doctor.
   It has been less than a month since the lobster season began and 17 cases have already been treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber. (Twenty cases were treated during the four month off-season and 71 during the previous season, which was a new record.) Health authorities, especially those operating the Hyperbaric Chamber, are concerned about the high number of cases. (Decompression illness occurs when divers using compressed air ascend too quickly.)

VIDEO from flag raising event on North Beach 

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
No injuries were reported from this "spectacular" collision in colonia Salina Grande at 4am, between a Corolla car and a Hyundai truck on Punta Arena Street. VIDEO (Truck is laying on its side, front of car is badly damaged)

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      
On the 25th of each month, voices are raised to increase awareness and motivate action to prevent violence against women and girls. (graphic).

Photos of tourists on North Beach yesterday. Videos & photos from flag raising event.

Graphic for scalpel-less vasectomy campaign on July 26 8a-1p at no cost at the Community Hospital, with appointments available at the Reproductive Health area. No hospitalization required.

Explanations from Aguakan of how to read your water bill and your water meter

   La Tertulia  
Members of the National Guard have arrived in Isla Mujeres, which is part of a national security strategy implemented by the President of Mexico. (photos)

From  Por Esto :

Rock cages below the hurricane wall are disintegrating   

Jaulas de gaviones en Malecón se desintegran

   Neighbors who live behind the kilometer-long hurricane wall that protects downtown are concerned that it may have weakened and could be more susceptible to breaking in a major hurricane, noting that the metal cages holding rocks, located at its base and designed to protect it from large waves, have deteriorated and are disintegrating.

Punta Sur tourism pergola dismantled  

Desmantelaron parador turístico de Punta Sur

   Although the pergola at Punta Sur was made of the hardwood zapote, the steel that joined the timbers together had deteriorated, and the structure has been removed. Recently the remnants of the 23 steel sculptures nearby were removed, since they had deteriorated due to a lack of maintenance and the salty breezes. They had been installed in 2001.

Two "Blue Flags" raised  

Izan dos banderas Blue Flag

Commemoration of 4th anniversary of the Naval University system  

Conmemoran 4º Aniversario de la Universidad Naval

   On Tuesday, all around Mexico, Naval facilities commemorated the 4th anniversary of the creation of the Naval University system. It is an educational institution with national and international recognition for training leaders in the Naval professions,  with a high quality of education based on naval military doctrine and ethics; and also noted for its contribution to knowledge, research, innovation and technological development in its field, for the defense, security and development of the Mexican State.
     It has Postgraduate Schools, such as the Center for Naval Higher Studies (CESNAV), the Institute for Strategic Research of the Mexican Navy (ININVESTAM), the Naval Aviation School (ESCAVNAV), the Graduate School of Health (ESCPOSNAV), the Institute Oceanographic Gulf and Caribbean Sea (IOG) and Pacific Oceanographic Institute (IOP).
    In addition, on a Professional Level, there are the Heroic Military Naval School (HESCNAV), Naval Medical School (ESCMEDNAV), Naval Nursing School (ESCENFNAV) and the ARM School Ship “Cuauhtémoc” (BE-01); Also providing Professional Technical Education are the Naval Intendance School (ESCINTNAV), Naval Electronics School (ESCELCANAV), Sea Scale School (ESEM), Naval Machinery School (ESCMAQNAV), Aviation Mechanics School (ESMANAV) and School Search and Rescue Diving (ESBUSREB), among other institutions.


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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

July 16  7:35
July 17   8:22
July 18   9:04
July 19   9:43
July 20  10:20
July 21   10:54
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:30p
Sunrise ~6:10a
July Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

On Saturdays at 8a-10a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In July,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Octopus, Shrimp, & Conch  LINK 

 The baseball games at the  El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game.

The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" hasn't been announced yet.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout July. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility.  Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres;  Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

 Whale shark tour season continues throughout July, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season begins July 1st, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo; whole dead-350 to 400; and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower July 12-August 23, peaking in late July

Saturday, July 6 Barracuda Fishing Tournament with a scooter for first prize, TV's for second and third, and cash for fourth and fifth places. It's sponsored by the political party PRI and will have a DJ & other activities starting at 11am.

Saturday, July 6th at 4p, Connor Williams, offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys, will sign autographs & do photo-ops with fans at the soccer field in Salina Chica. Then the "Isla Mujeres Bowl 2019" will be held in two categories of players up to age 13; and those of 15 years and up in separate male & female teams. Free. This will be "touch football", played according International Flag Football rules.
Sunday, July 7 at 8p on the Town Square--Four Dance Troupes. The seniors & kids troupes of "Al Són del Corazon", a senior women's troupe & "El Corazon de Conchi". (Són is a style of dance & music, Corazon means heart. Conchi is a nickname of Isla's patron saint.)

Saturday, July 13 Plogging clean up 8a-10a Sac Bajo
Saturday, July 13 Town Square at 7p--Folklorico dancers from the state of Nuevo Leon. Free.

Firday, July 19 You're invited to the 1st International Festival of Children's Folklorico Dancing on Friday on the Town Square at 8p featuring troupes from Mexico City, Veracruz, Baja California Norte, Nuevo León, Guerrero, Tabasco, Nayarit, & Jalisco, as well as from Colombia.

Fri-Sun, July 26-28- 12th Annual Whale Shark Festival
   The events whose locations aren't given are probably on the Town Square, the talks in Spanish are probably inside the Palacio-Town Hall.

 Friday, July 26 
6p Motorcycle Clubs Caravan 
6:30 Inaugural Event on the East Malecon Esplanade, Downtown 
7p Grand Opening of the new tourism attraction "El Malecon del Sabor" Food Park
8p Folklorico Dance performance by "Mestizas de Agua Sallada" 
9p Performance by "Renatta Dance Studio Academy" 

 Saturday, July 27 
6p-8p Children's "Lightning" Basketball Tournament on downtown court by Town Square
 7p Presentations (in Spanish) on the topics "Acoustic & Satellite Telemetry of Whale Sharks" and "Estimations About Whale Shark Behavior" by specialists Emilio de la Parra Galván, Eugenio de la Parra Galván & Rafael de la Parra. 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo"
 9p Folklorico Dance performances by the troupes "Al Son del Corazon", "Abuelitas de INAPAM", & "El Corazon de Conchi" 

 Sunday, July 28 7p Presentation (in Spanish) by Pamela Vazquez of Saving Our Sharks organization 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo" 
8p Noches Magicas performance by "Latin Dancers Dance Studio"

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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